Also in Tofo (a backpacker hostel haven), they had an excursion to see Whale Sharks, which were migrating through at the time. There isn't much known about the whale shark--it is a solitary, slow swimming creature. They know zero about its mating habits, or even where it finishes migrating. How can you help but feel love for the lonely whale shark?
The idea of the excursion was: a small boat would go out and look for a dark shape in the water. Once found * if found * we would slink into the water and snorkel around it. Of course, there was a good possibility the boat would not find a "dark shape" in the water, and the excursion would be a waste of money.
I was lucky.
Our guide spotted one off the bow and the three girls in the boat started to freak out. Now the Whale Shark is completely harmless. They are filter feeders, and don't even have teeth. But get a load of this creature. They are gigantic. And the shape is exactly the same as JAWS. The three girls were so petrified they refused to enter the water with it. The thing is that scary looking.
I got in with a Norwegian, who happened to have an underwater camera. He sent these pics of me with the shark. I swam alongside him as long as I could. At one point, I was pretty sure he winked at me. Hi buddy!
I'm doing an Egyptian pose to avoid touching it, and thus scaring it into swimming faster.You can get an idea of its size, compared to me. I was told this specimen was on the smaller end of the size scale.
It swam, or more like lumbered along. Again, holding my leg to avoid bumping into him.At one point, I took a deep breathe through the snorkel and dove underneath the whale shark. I looked up, and above me was this gigantic prehistoric leviathan shape.
It was one of the most awe-struck, magical moments of my life.